The 2018 Multi-Unit 50: Ranking the Most Multi-Friendly Brands

Courtesy of Franchising.com

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Multi-brand franchising is a growing phenomenon. Some franchisees are not content with operating one brand so they add one, two, three, or more other brands to their portfolios. Our annual Multi-Brand 50 issue provides data supplied by FRANdata that gives insight to this growing operational approach. Here are 2018’s rankings of the country’s largest multi-brand operators, along with the brands they’ve chosen.

Top 50 Brands by Number of Multi-Unit Franchisees

RANK BRAND MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES SINGLE-UNIT FRANCHISEES TOTAL FRANCHISEES
1 SUBWAY 4,151 3,773 7,924
2 MCDONALD’S 1,996 385 2,381
3 DUNKIN’ DONUTS 1,042 519 1,561
4 THE UPS STORE 818 2,311 3,129
5 AFC (ADVANCED FRESH CONCEPTS) 784 1,727 2,511
6 LIBERTY TAX SERVICE 732 939 1,671
7 LITTLE CAESARS 725 92 817
8 H&R BLOCK 668 771 1,439
9 DQ GRILL & CHILL/DQ TREAT 625 1,807 2,432
10 GREAT CLIPS 580 350 930
11 HEALTH MART PHARMACY 574 3,030 3,604
12 ACE HARDWARE 530 2,544 3,074
13 DOMINO’S PIZZA 522 272 794
14 FIREHOUSE SUBS 494 18 512
15 BURGER KING 473 389 862
16 BASKIN-ROBBINS 451 817 1,268
17 VISION SOURCE 433 2,263 2,696
18 JIMMY JOHN’S 426 343 769
19 HISSHO 418 17 435
20 JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE 413 145 558
21 CENTURY 21 355 848 1,203
22 TACO BELL 343 344 687
23 SPORT CLIPS 320 139 459
24 KFC 302 461 763
25 ANYTIME FITNESS 279 1,523 1,802
26 WENDY’S 273 152 425
27 PAPA JOHN’S 272 443 715
28 EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS 262 297 559
29 PAPA MURPHY’S 250 263 513
30 COLDWELL BANKER 247 542 789
31 SUPERCUTS 240 140 380
32 JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS 234 191 425
33 CHICK-FIL-A 222 1,348 1,570
34 GNC 218 246 464
35 FANTASTIC SAMS 213 308 521
36 SONIC 210 282 492
37 DENNY’S 181 326 507
37 PIZZA HUT 181 117 298
39 COLD STONE CREAMERY 177 407 584
39 ZAXBY’S 177 26 203
41 AUNTIE ANNE’S 175 319 494
41 MIDAS 175 286 461
43 ARBY’S 172 276 448
44 EUROPEAN WAX CENTER 161 104 265
45 SMOOTHIE KING 159 226 385
46 WINGSTOP 155 132 287
47 JIFFY LUBE 151 160 311
48 CULVER’S 149 242 391
49 HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER 147 37 184
49 POPEYES LOUISIANA KITCHEN 147 606 753
50 MIRACLE-EAR 144 19 163

Source: FRANdata. Brands with 25 or fewer franchisees were excluded.

Top 50 Brands By Percentage of Multi-Unit Franchisees

RANK BRAND % MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISEES SINGLE-UNIT FRANCHISEES TOTAL FRANCHISEES
1 PANERA BREAD 100.00% 27 0 27
2 FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES 98.37% 121 2 123
3 GATEWAY NEWSTANDS 97.33% 73 2 75
4 FIREHOUSE SUBS 96.48% 494 18 512
5 PANCHERO’S 96.43% 27 1 28
6 HISSHO SUSHI 96.09% 418 17 435
7 HWY 55 BURGERS SHAKES & FRIES 94.44% 51 3 54
8 JACK IN THE BOX 92.38% 97 8 105
9 CAPTAIN D’S 90.91% 60 6 66
10 PALM BEACH TAN 89.66% 26 3 29
11 APPLEBEE’S 89.19% 33 4 37
12 LITTLE CAESARS 88.74% 725 92 817
13 MIRACLE-EAR 88.34% 144 19 163
14 ZAXBY’S 87.19% 177 26 203
15 THE LITTLE GYM 86.54% 135 21 156
16 MCDONALD’S 83.83% 1,996 385 2,381
17 HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER 79.89% 147 37 184
18 AARON’S 79.38% 77 20 97
19 PLANET FITNESS 78.74% 137 37 174
20 GRANDY’S 77.78% 21 6 27
21 BARBERITOS 77.42% 24 7 31
22 HERTZ 76.74% 33 10 43
23 DUTCH BROS. 76.32% 58 18 76
24 CARL’S JR. 75.86% 88 28 116
25 FRONTIER ADJUSTERS 75.00% 123 41 164
26 JACKSON HEWITT TAX SERVICE 74.01% 413 145 558
27 PENN STATION EAST COAST SUBS 72.15% 57 22 79
28 FRESHII 71.70% 38 15 53
29 GODFATHER’S PIZZA 71.67% 129 51 180
30 BOJANGLES’ 71.05% 54 22 76
31 VALVOLINE INSTANT OIL CHANGE 70.37% 57 24 81
32 SPORT CLIPS 69.72% 320 139 459
33 RALLY’S 69.70% 23 10 33
34 BUDDY’S HOME FURNISHINGS 68.97% 20 9 29
35 DUNKIN’ DONUTS 66.75% 1,042 519 1,561
36 PACLEASE 66.67% 42 21 63
37 DOMINO’S PIZZA 65.74% 522 272 794
38 AVIS 65.31% 32 17 49
39 DEL’S LEMONADE 64.52% 20 11 31
40 WENDY’S 64.24% 273 152 425
41 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE 63.86% 53 30 83
42 COST CUTTERS FAMILY HAIR SALON 63.77% 44 25 69
43 CHECKERS 63.55% 68 39 107
44 SUPERCUTS 63.16% 240 140 380
45 HARDEE’S 62.99% 80 47 127
46 ARMSTRONG MCCALL 62.50% 40 24 64
47 GREAT CLIPS 62.37% 580 350 930
48 ZPIZZA 62.16% 23 14 37
49 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 61.15% 85 54 139
50 EUROPEAN WAX CENTER 60.75% 161 104 265

Source: FRANdata. Brands with 25 or fewer franchisees were excluded.

 

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